Sunday, July 15, 2012

Before the North Side became the North Shore

So there is some talk that some of the planned cuts down at the Port Authority will be deferred.. but  whether that turns out to be true or not, it is hard to deny that transit service is a pale vision of its past in Allegheny County.  It all just made me look up what the thoughts were for the future back when the Port Authority was created. 

March 1, 1964 was its birthday (as a transit agency that is) and this was the Pittsburgh Press' front page story.   Note the very first thing on its agenda for the future...  a 'Tube' under the river to the North Side...  Before the North Side was de-branded of course.  The fellow in the bus.. one State Senator Robert Fleming.  Denizens of the North who come down Route 8 and cross over the 62nd Street Bridge, which had opened just two years earlier, may notice the sign that says the bridge is really named for him. 

That issue is great by the way.  On an inside page is a related story to the potential of a subway to the North Side on where the planned future stadium was going.

At least they knew it was going to be round.  Perfectly compass-round.   Probably written into some law that it had to be that way. Note the dotted line for the future "Ground Transportation Station" while real transportation geeks may note that the notional subway line came over the river and was going to then go East... not West.  Intended to someday head out along the Allegheny Valley?  We will never really know what that future held.

and I will save until tomorrow a great Ben Chinitz story in that edition as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interestingly, when the PAAC built the NSC, they did, in fact, build a stub junction into the tunnel just before the North Side station (as you approach from Gateway). So that alignment could still be in play some day.

It wouldn't kill me to see a line extended from there up the I-279 HOV lanes (there's room for two tracks in there and maybe enough room to spare to allow each mainline of the road to have one more lane) and/or up route 8 over the old B&O alignment.

Monday, July 16, 2012 9:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A rail up the HOV lanes...I thought the exact same thing. I bet everyone has.

What's stopping us? A total lack of vision and long-term strategy from this region's leaders. The SECOND we (re)secured Westinghouse in Butler a rail line should have begun that very day. Oh well.

Monday, July 16, 2012 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on the Westinghouse in Butler thing, please. Not sure I follow, but would love to know more.

Monday, July 16, 2012 1:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm referring to Westinghouse Electric (its nuclear engineering division) relocating (actually, building brand new) offices to Cranberry Township.

The Cranberry/Warrendale area is booming, I assume, to escape taxes of a certain county to its south. Siemens, rue21, Mine Safety Appliances, McKesson, Shell, Mitsubishi Electric Power, Heinz R&D...those are just a few off the top of my head located in that area. It's a damn shame it's essentially an island to the north of the city, when better public transit could connect it all beautifully.

Monday, July 16, 2012 4:08:00 PM  

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